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Parks and nature in Hampshire

Top parks

Park
“New forest national park is about 45 min drive. Great for hiking and cycling ”
  • 141 locals recommend
Park
“Miles of track, woodland paths and treetop trails for all the kids and family to explore. ”
  • 53 locals recommend
Zoo
“Marwell Zoo is a 140-acre zoo situated in Colden Common near Winchester, in the English county of Hampshire. It is owned and run by the registered charity Marwell Wildlife. The zoo is home to over 1,200 animals of 135 species. Thompson's Ln, Colden Common, Winchester SO21 1JH 100s of animals – including giraffes, tigers & penguins 140 acre park, train and 5 adventure playgrounds Daily talks and animal feeds + cafés and gifts ”
  • 34 locals recommend
Park
“Great for a for a long walk/bike ride with lovely views, woods, and beach. Good dog walking spot too.”
  • 39 locals recommend
Park
“Common nature play area and water park The new nature play and water park is a popular destination for children of all ages. The park has been designed to encourage adventurous play with features including zip wires and a climbing tower, as well as traditional swings, slides and roundabouts. Special water features spark imaginative play with water spouts, pumps and water wheels providing streamlets of water for dam building or just splashing around. There is lots of seating and picnic benches within the fenced area, ideal for a picnic. At the weekend and during school holidays there is a refreshment kiosk selling ice cream, drinks and hot and cold food. There is an onsite toilet and baby changing area that is open when the kiosk is open. Nearby there is also the Hawthorns Urban Wildlife Centre and café with indoor seating and toilets ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Park
“With otters, deer, lynx and owls amongst many of the different breeds, this is a fascinating place to visit.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Park
“Enjoy the gardens after a day of shopping or a day on the beach. Chill on the green or walk through with an ice cream 🍦 ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Water Park
“The New Forest Water Park offers a range of family friendly activities that include wakeboarding, inflatable aqua park, kayaking, SUPing, Camping, fishing, and waterskiing. popular for corporate, stag and hen events. Ringwood Road, Fordingbridge Hampshire SP6 2EY ”
  • 20 locals recommend

Playgrounds

Park
“Common nature play area and water park The new nature play and water park is a popular destination for children of all ages. The park has been designed to encourage adventurous play with features including zip wires and a climbing tower, as well as traditional swings, slides and roundabouts. Special water features spark imaginative play with water spouts, pumps and water wheels providing streamlets of water for dam building or just splashing around. There is lots of seating and picnic benches within the fenced area, ideal for a picnic. At the weekend and during school holidays there is a refreshment kiosk selling ice cream, drinks and hot and cold food. There is an onsite toilet and baby changing area that is open when the kiosk is open. Nearby there is also the Hawthorns Urban Wildlife Centre and café with indoor seating and toilets ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Playground
“Lovely white sand beach. A good choice of cafes, children's play areas, grassey areas with shade. Perfect for picnics.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Playground
“The nearest bus station access to Burgundy the Rose at Brickfield Road from Southampton Central”
  • 1 local recommends
Playground
“Marwell Activity Centre is one of the south's leading outdoor and indoor activity centres with over 30 years experience in outdoor pursuits. Offering a wide range of year round activities for children and adults, our highly experienced qualified team deliver activities and events of your choice in a challenging but safe environment. Adult / Junior quad bikes Aerial Adventure Air Rifles Archery Obstacle courses Clay pigeon shooting 3G giant swing Kayaking & Canoeing Climbing Raft building Zip wires Battle zone archery Marwell Activity Centre Hurst Lane Owslebury Winchester SO21 1EZ ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Playground
“There is a nice park in and around the remains of an old fort, as well as tennis courts, crazy golf and another playground. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Playground
  • 1 local recommends
Playground
“Good fun for smaller children with a helter skelter, carousel, crazy golf and other small rides, but can get expensive - they do however offer wristbands for multiple rides on Saturday afternoon which are good value. Outside of the funfair the other side of the small park there are also trampolines and an inflatable slide.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Playground
  • 2 locals recommend

Beaches

Beach
“Modern cinema experiences with 3D and I sense built in. This is a must for any moviegoer! A great night for the whole family.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Beach
“Just along from Mudeford Quay, head along to Avon Beach. Very much a locals beach, with all the facilities required for a great day. Also here is the Noisy Lobster restaurant which is highly recommended.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Beach
“Another great beach, with the added bonus of a great children's play park and cafe on the promenade. The land train also, stops here on its way to Bournemouth.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Café
“Calshot Activities Centre is located on Calshot Spit near Southampton. Indoor facilities include the oldest velodrome in Britain, a dry ski slope and a climbing wall. Calshot Road, Calshot, Southampton SO45 1BR Season 1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019”
  • 5 locals recommend
Beach
“Boscombe Town (5 min walk from the flat) has a Sainsbury, Lidl, Aldi (open till 8 weekdays, and 4 on Sundays) as well as various other small shops, there is also a petrol station, post office, bank branches and various food outlets. Here you can also find the O2 Arena musical venue.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Beach
“One of the most popular beaches in this part of the world. Can get very busy in the summer and don't forget your sun cream.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Beach
“The beach at West Wittering is stunning before and after the day trippers have packed away their picnics, leaving the beach to the lucky ones staying in the Witterings. No two days are the same and there is always something remarkable to spot, be it the light, the sand, the spindrift or the sea weed stranded on the tide line. You can never have too much beach!!”
  • 23 locals recommend
Lake
  • 1 local recommends

Trails

Forest
“You can access the forest from the bottom of my lane. A huge forest with bicycle hire and walking paths for all abilities. A lovely cafe and visitors centre. Also has a ‘Go Ape’ activity centre which is great for children and adults of all ages!”
  • 25 locals recommend
Trail
“Fantastic , scenic walks, accessed via the Itchen Navigation path leading straight out of Winchester”
  • 3 locals recommend
Trail
“Walk down Fisherman’s Walk and see our incredible cliff-top view of the coastline with the Isle of Wight on your left and the Purbecks to the right”
  • 2 locals recommend
Lake
  • 1 local recommends
Trail
“Just past Puttles Bridge, a big open field, great for spotting ponies and playing ball games. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Trail
“A famous walk up teh Zig Zag leading to Selborne Common - straight from the front door!”
  • 1 local recommends
Forest
“Great for families. Good playgrounds and lots of cycling routes especially suitable for children. Follow the Gruffalo Trail or "Go Ape" - there is both a junior and adult option. New cafe facilities or take a picnic.”
  • 1 local recommends